There are a number of joys involved with teaching at MCC. The students are (by and large) interested in learning. The faculty is committed to teaching. The department chairs stick up for their staff (!!!). Employee morale is high. The campus center is alive with student life.
And there are cereal bars and Starbucks* coffee.
MCC's OutFlakes is a cereal bar -- like a regular bar except they serve cereal instead of alcohol, though that certainly would make academia more entertaining -- that serves up hot and cold cereals, wraps, coffee and peanutty cereal bars.
The bars are crunchy squares of goodness, held together by a sweet, peanut-buttery caramel. I've tried to convince myself that they're a healthy breakfast selection, but the sugar and corn syrup tell a different story.
OK, so they're not that much better for breakfast than a donut. But if you like peanut butter and have a sweet tooth, they're a much more delicious choice. (Unless you're choosing a fresh Krispy Kreme original glazed -- located tantalizingly close to MCC -- and then you've got me.)
Peanut Butter Cereal Bars (aka, "Peanutty Cereal Bars")
1 (16 oz.) pkg. Post Honey Bunches of Oats cereal, honey roasted
1 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup peanut butter
Lightly grease a 13x9-inch pan. Place cereal in large bowl; set aside.
Mix sugar, corn syrup and peanut butter in microwaveable bowl. Microwave on high 4 to 5 min. or until mixture comes to boil; stir. Pour over cereal and mix well.
Press mixture firmly into pan and allow to cool. Cut into 16 or 32 bars. Store in tightly covered container at room temperature.
*When you live in the City of New York and there's a Starbucks on every corner, you get sick of them. You seek out independent coffeehouses and professional baristas, turning your nose up at corporate coffee.
When you move Upstate and the best cappuccino is a 50 minute car drive away, Starbucks doesn't seem so bad anymore. You begin to wish there was one nearby. And when you find one, you get a little excited.